from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pouch or sac branching out from a hollow organ or structure, such as the intestine.
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- n. A small growth off an organ such as the large intestine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blind tube branching out of a longer one.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, a cæcum; a blind tubular process; a hollow offset ending blindly; a cul-de-sac.
- n. Any short side passage of the nature of a cul-de-sac or blind alley.
- n. In algol., a protrusion of protoplasm communicating with the fused procarp cells and the placenta.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a herniation through the muscular wall of a tubular organ (especially the colon)
New Latin, from Latin dēverticulum, by-path, from dēvertere, to turn aside : dē-, de- + vertere, to turn; see divert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dīverticulum, alternative form of dēverticulum ("byroad; deviation"), from dēvertō ("turn away, turn aside"). (Wiktionary)